Wimbledon - The Games Venue Guide

London 2012 will not be the first instance of Olympic competition being hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as the tennis competition in the 1908 London Olympics took place at the club’s former grounds on Worple Road.

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The Worple Road venue was the home of the Wimbledon Championships from 1877, but the All England Club moved to their present location in 1922, when the celebrated Centre Court — venue for all this year's Olympic finals — was also built.

The facilities have obviously changed significantly since then though, with the most recent improvement being the sliding roof that was added in 2009, as the main court’s seating capacity reached 15,000. Centre Court is the only playing area to have retained its original home as the club has expanded to 19 championship courts.

For London 2012 only 12 courts will be used, but that will be enough work for the All England Club groundsmen, who have just three weeks to prepare the courts for the first Olympic grass-court tournament in 88 years, after the end of the annual Grand Slam championships.

During the Olympic Games, Wimbledon will host the tennis competition from Saturday 28 July – Sunday 5 August, with more than 30,000 spectators flooding into the historic venue each day. Of course the All England club has plenty of experience in dealing with a two-week influx of tennis fans, so the viewing experience should be highly enjoyable for all those lucky enough to attend.

Preparing Wimbledon for Olympic competition will involve modifying structures already in place, reconfiguring tents as storage and security facilities, adding extra press desks and additional scoreboard facilities.

Situated close to Kew Gardens (a World Heritage Site) and also within easy reach of Richmond Park, Wimbledon is one of the most picturesque parts of south-west London and worth a visit for any Olympic fan.

Capacity: 30,500

Public facilities: The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, refreshment stands, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.

History: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was founded in 1868 and the current venue of the Wimbledon Championships has hosted the tournament since 1922.

Find it on the map: here.

What's on? Tennis (July 28th to August 5th)

How do you get there? Public transport would be the best bet, as there is not a park-and-ride facility and local parking is very limited. Tube, rail and tram are all viable options, followed by the 493 bus route. WImbledon and Southfields are the nearest London Underground stops on the District Line, and Wimbledon is the nearest National Rail and Tramlink station.

Location – in relation to other venues: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon is around 12 miles from the Olympic Park, on the other side of London, in the south west of the capital.

Location – on the tube: Wimbledon or Southfields are the nearest London Underground stops on the District line.

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